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The pandemic-induced slowdown may offer the Asia-Pacific region a prime opportunity not only to catch up on environmental targets, but also to lay the groundwork for a greener future. © Illustration by Hiroko Oshima
Asia Insight

Asia risks missing 'green' economic reset after coronavirus

Except in South Korea, experts see absence of environmental resolve in region

FRANCESCA REGALADO, Nikkei staff writer | South Korea

TOKYO -- When it comes to leading on climate change, many have greener credentials than Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

But at a regional United Nations' gathering late last month, where a handful of Asia-Pacific leaders delivered video messages, Prayuth encouraged member states to "build back better," calling for a reset of national economies toward environmental and social sustainability.

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